Definition of debut in US English:



  • 1A person's first appearance or performance in a particular capacity or role.

    ‘the film marked his debut as a director’
    • ‘A man-of-the-match performance on his debut - a 4-1 defeat of Aston Villa - was a perfect start.’
    • ‘The film was directed by former camera operator Robert Day, making his debut in that capacity with some uncredited supervision from the more experienced Basil Dearden.’
    • ‘He made his professional debut in the title role in the tour of ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.’
    • ‘Made in 2000, the film marks the debut of young Mexican director, Alejandro González Iñárritu.’
    • ‘This film also marks the debut of screenwriter David Lewis, an award-winning editor with the San Francisco Chronicle.’
    • ‘Phillips's performances on her debut at the Burghley International three-day event last year were the highlight of her eventing career thus far.’
    • ‘He has already made both his TV and film debuts, but it is his superlative stage performances in the ‘Music Man’ that have catapulted him close to stardom status.’
    • ‘That she succeeds so well is impressive given that the role represents her film debut.’
    • ‘When Brando made his screen debut in the 1950 film The Men there had been nobody quite like him before on screen.’
    • ‘Howard didn't hurt his cause in his international debut, a solid performance in a 1-0 win over Ecuador in March.’
    • ‘She fell in love with the theatre when she was still a student at the Rousse Language School where her debut was in a performance of Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw.’
    • ‘Driver Keen is out to impress on his BTCC debut after strong performances in international Formula 3000 and sportscars.’
    • ‘Twenty-nine-year-old Gardemeister delivered a highly mature performance on his competition debut in a Focus RS.’
    • ‘This month marks her cinematic debut in a leading role.’
    • ‘Provided I can find a spare ten minutes to edit some of my poetry for a family audience, those in attendance will witness my debut as a performance poet.’
    • ‘Kevin Keegan is ready to give his latest youthful midfield discovery a starting role at Old Trafford after his spectacular debut.’
    • ‘McDowell is riveting in his screen debut, and the film's social observation and build-up of tension is quite compelling.’
    • ‘Saint's role was her screen debut and merely resulted in a well-deserved Best Supporting Actress Award for her.’
    • ‘Two years earlier, Sophia had made her debut with a bit role in the Federico Fellini film, ‘Variety Lights’.’
    • ‘Mos Def gives one of his strongest performances since his classic debut, Black on Both Sides.’
    first appearance, first showing, first performance, launch, launching, coming out, entrance, premiere, beginning, introduction, inception, inauguration
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    1. 1.1 The first public appearance of a new product or presentation of a theatrical show.
      ‘the car makes its world debut’
      • ‘It will be available immediately after its public debut at the Paris Motor Show.’
      • ‘Both products will make their official public debut during the Electronic Entertainment Expo next week.’
      • ‘Also included is a 23-minute recap of the film's theatrical debut via Internet webcast.’
      • ‘HAVING MADE ITS UK public debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the end of April, the new Fiat Ducato goes on sale this month.’
      • ‘Its engineers have been upgrading the product and refining its performance since its debut in March 1999.’
      • ‘Time from concept to product debut was just 18 months.’
      • ‘YCC made its North American public debut at the New York Auto Show on April 9th last year and was set to tour worldwide.’
      • ‘The JAMMA arcade show, now running in Tokyo, marked the public debut of the game, with Sega showing it off in playable form.’
      • ‘Another supermini also made its first public debut at Frankfurt.’
      • ‘Originally released in Japan in 2000, this Japanese movie makes its theatrical debut in Toronto this weekend at the Royal.’
      • ‘By way of comparison, another famous plastic product made its debut just the year before: Tupperware.’
      • ‘Several products made their debut at the annual conference; many others on display had entered the market earlier this year.’
      • ‘The making of the book and getting it ready for its public debut, in a sense, that's the easy part.’
      • ‘For many, Apple's approach represented the single greatest ad debut for a new product ever.’
      • ‘It was in the midst of these grave social disturbances that Saint Symphorien made its public debut.’
      • ‘The IP Connected Core product is central to the strategy and made its public debut in Cannes, amid claims that it could smooth the transition to third-generation.’
      • ‘On the day of its theatrical debut, it was also shown once on HDNet Movies.’
      • ‘In the past, ECTS has suffered from changing venues and low attendance, with few high-profile games making their public debut.’
      • ‘A teaser trailer and the main theatrical trailer ran before the movie's debut.’
      • ‘Jaguar has revealed the first pictures of the stylish new X-TYPE Estate, which will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 9.’
    2. 1.2as modifier Denoting the first recording or publication of a group, singer, or writer.
      ‘a debut album’
      • ‘Ian is best known as singer and songwriter for The Stone Roses, who most people agree, made rock music's best ever debut album.’
      • ‘So it's not surprising that shes taken a while to record this debut album.’
      • ‘I was thrilled to hear that John and the Staggering Statistics have released their full-length debut recording for free online.’
      • ‘Now having just completed the recording of their debut album, they'll be giving us first listen to some new tracks.’
      • ‘Nicholls claims that during the recording of their debut album, he was so naive that he didn't realise bands had to go on tour.’
      • ‘Which singer's debut album was released when she was just 13?’
      • ‘While his debut novel turns towards Ireland, his second turns away from it.’
      • ‘Alicia seems to have come out of nowhere, with this stunning debut LP.’
      • ‘The former Skunk Anansie singer's debut solo album deals with a time when her relationship - and her world - fell apart.’
      • ‘In 2001, they recorded their debut album One for the Kids, which featured songs written by lead vocalist, Ryan Key.’
      • ‘She's also getting her debut CD together, intended for release in September.’
      • ‘They are currently due to begin the recording of their debut album, which is hoped to be released throughout the summer months, before they embark on a nationwide promotional tour.’
      • ‘Kelly also recorded her debut solo album Simply Deep.’
      • ‘After signing with Island in 1997, they'd recorded a debut album but were dropped before they could actually get it released.’
      • ‘All this and the band still to release its debut single in the UK!’
      • ‘Zadie Smith's 2000 debut novel White Teeth was published to a tsunami of critical acclaim.’
      • ‘This week Sean goes into the studios to record his debut album and it will feature a collection of classic Irish songs from down the years.’
      • ‘Lead track off the debut EP from this drop dead cool New York five-piece.’
      • ‘The debut novel of writer Nicky Singer has scooped the Blue Peter Book of the Year award, to be broadcast on BBC ONE on Sunday 15 December.’
      • ‘A debut novel already being described as the à « adult Harry Potter '.’
      • ‘In 1983, Chris released his debut solo album Out of the Night.’
    3. 1.3dated The first appearance of a debutante in society.
      • ‘He didn't need Dorothy to tell him his liaison with Helene was not going to help Dianna's debut in Polite Society.’
      • ‘By the time she made her debut in Washington society, 18 - year-old Amy was a beautiful, mature, well-bred and graceful young lady, with green eyes and amber-colored hair.’
      • ‘Every female should look forward to their debut into Polite Society with optimism and dreams.’
      • ‘And August 6, three days after her 18th birthday, Charlotte will make her official society debut at the traditional Red Cross Ball.’


  • 1no object, with adverbial Perform in public for the first time.

    ‘the Rolling Stones debuted at the Marquee’
    • ‘The company debuted Oct.12 with Balanchine's Theme and Variations, August Bournonville's Napoli and Dennis Nahat's Moments.’
    • ‘The teenaged Doby launched his professional career in 1942, when he debuted as a second baseman for the Newark Eagles.’
    • ‘Last year, the company debuted at the Fringe, but at a smaller location and without much fuss.’
    • ‘He was the youngest ever All Black when he debuted at age 19 years and 45 days against France in 1994.’
    • ‘It would be wrong to expect too much of the Scottish teenager who debuts at Wimbledon this week’
    • ‘My friend Gabe (who debuts on Broadway in The Lion King on Feb.2-yay!) is supposed to be in Save the Last Dance with Julia Stiles.’
    • ‘His rise to superstardom is incredible, considering he debuted in 1996.’
    • ‘What was the name of Budweiser's ‘Original Party Animal,’ a pit bull mascot that debuted in a 1987 commercial?’
    • ‘Pavarotti debuted at the Met in 1968, and performed in 20 roles in a total of 373 performances.’
    • ‘In November 2000 Richie moved to Dublin where he began working professionally, debuting at the Gaiety Theatre in the Aladdin pantomime’
    • ‘Political comic Will Durst debuts on AlterNet with some thoughts on the possible advantages of the disappearing ozone layer.’
    • ‘He soon earned a reputation that followed him to New York, where he debuted at the Café Bohemia.’
    1. 1.1 (of a new product) be launched.
      ‘the model is expected to debut at $19,000’
      • ‘It is also a bona fide best seller, debuting today at No. 9 on the New York Times list.’
      • ‘Aluminum beer bottles are debuting this week from the Pittsburgh Brewing Co. It's a joint venture with Alcoa.’
      • ‘She is also currently developing her own television series, plus her own range of products which will debut on the Home Shopping Channel in the United States.’
      • ‘The tax would apply to the Nokia N91, which debuts with a 4GB drive on-board.’
      • ‘The new production of the Forsythe Company debuts on 21 April, 7: 30 pm at the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt / Main’
      • ‘The pricey product debuts in Japan on Sept. 1 for about $1,700.’
      • ‘Leica's new LRF - 800 laser rangefinder was one of the most exciting new products to debut at the SHOT Show.’
      • ‘Intel expects the technology to debut as a standard part of its server products in 2006.’
      • ‘MVP Baseball had been under production for four years before debuting last year, and despite some flaws, proved a decent baseball game.’
      • ‘There are also plenty of exciting non-Apple products set to debut at the show.’
      • ‘The metal bottle debuted a year ago, but only with Michelob products.’
      • ‘Honda's new Jazz, which debuts at Frankfurt and goes on sale in Europe early next year, is without doubt one of the most important launches for Honda on this side of the world.’
      • ‘I was reminded of that business fact of life when looking at some really nice new services that debuted this week.’
      • ‘A hybrid version of the Toyota Highlander employing the same technology will debut next year.’
      • ‘The Japanese launch will come just over a month after the console debuts in the US and Europe in the late October/early November timeframe.’
      • ‘Superseding the existing Job Bulletin, the new service, which debuted August 1, will enhance what was already one of the most comprehensive employment lists available to musicians.’
      • ‘The new processor is expected to debut at 1.8GHz and scale up to 3GHz.’
      • ‘The new version of Media Centre will coincide with a marketing campaign titled ‘Windows XP Reloaded’, which promotes numerous products that are debuting this year as reasons to buy a Windows XP computer.’
      • ‘The Longest Road debuts on Tuesday, July 1 at 10 p.m. on the History Channel.’
      • ‘Stern, who left terrestrial radio earlier this month after two decades, has been very vocal about selling his new show, which debuts on January 9.’
    2. 1.2with object (of a company) launch (a new product)
      ‘the company is to debut new software’
      • ‘Swatch has debuted a new product - Diaphane One - with only 2,222 watches sold in the whole world and 20 of them in China.’
      • ‘This month the U.S. Postal Service debuts a new commemorative stamp set celebrating four American scientists.’
      • ‘For the adults, the company debuted Klondike Oreo Cookie Sandwich and Ocean Spray Fruit Juice Bars.’
      • ‘Open - E has debuted a flash module with an IDE interface for almost - instant NAS storage on x86 PCs or servers.’
      • ‘Virgin Galactic, the first commercial space tourism operator, is giving away a seat into space when the company debuts its commercial space service in two to three years.’
      • ‘Spode's Christmas Tree pattern became an instant classic when the legendary English China company debuted the line in 1938.’
      • ‘The company debuted 13 new products at the show.’
      • ‘Palm staged a major product launch in the second quarter, debuting its Tungsten and Zire product lines.’
      • ‘The company is scheduled to debut its high-speed 3G service in the second quarter for its 8.2 million mobile-phone users.’
      • ‘The original idea was to debut the CD-ROM in advance of the 2000 Le Sabre's launch.’
      • ‘The Travel Channel will debut a new travel series about the world's hot spots, traveling to such dangerous locales as Afghanistan and Chechnya.’
      • ‘The education software firm Muzzy Lane recently debuted a history-learning program for university students based on a multi-user game format.’
      • ‘Later this summer, the software giant is debuting new software that lets subscribers listen to rented music on portable players that use its Windows Media software.’
      • ‘She plans to debut new hair-care products and cutting edge styles.’
      • ‘For 2004 the company is debuting five new jacquard styles.’
      • ‘We are still using the same bearing sizes, crankshaft design, and lifter bores that were debuted on the original big-block Chevy in 1965.’
      • ‘Taiwanese manufacturer Luxpro has debuted the Super Shuffle at CeBIT in Hanover, a product that at first glance looks exactly like the iPod Shuffle.’
      • ‘The company debuted his original oils at Artexpo New York in March and plans to start a print program in the near future.’
      • ‘A client might be in the news because it is debuting a new product or having a strong earnings quarter.’
      • ‘Kraft has debuted several new pudding products this year.’
      • ‘Last year, one company debuted a mobile phone-based novel written to be transmitted in 70-word chapters.’


Mid 18th century: from French début, from débuter ‘lead off’.